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The Ötztal Alps belong to a dry inner Alpine climatic zone. Precipitation happens most likely if masses of clouds are coming from the North. In general, the average amount of annual precipitation can be very low.

The Alpine climate has the following characteristics:

  • The higher the altitude the lower the temperature (decreasing 0.6°C/100m), causing several periods of frost (temperature fluctuations of up to 50°C per day.
  • Precipitation and snow are increasing in higher altitudes.
  • Wind speed increases as well, just like the distribution of snow.
  • The liveability of an area strongly depends on its slope exposure.

The 67 km long Ötztal, the Eastern Alps' longest side valley, is an area of very low precipitation. This central Alpine zone is encircled by mighty mountain ranges which protect the valley from climatic currents.

This inner Alpine dryness is caused by weather influences coming from the north-west. Humid north-eastern air masses cause rainfall on the northern side of the Alps. The average yearly precipitation amounts to 830 mm in Obergurgl and only to 675 mm in Vent. Generally, the summer months see more precipitation than the winter period. As a logical consequence the snow depth is quite low despite the high-altitude location.

Public Holidays in Austria 2021 2022 2023
New Year 01.01. 01.01. 01.01.
Epiphany 06.01. 06.01. 06.01.
Easter Monday 05.04. 18.04. 10.04.
National Holiday 01.05. 01.05. 01.05.
Ascension of Christ 13.05. 26.05. 18.05.
Whitsun Monday 24.05. 06.06. 29.05.
Corpus Christi 03.06. 16.06. 08.06.
Assumption of Mary 15.08. 15.08. 15.08.
National Holiday 26.10. 26.10. 26.10.
All Saints' Holiday 01.11. 01.11. 01.11.
Immaculate Conception 08.12. 08.12. 08.12.
Christmas Day 25.12. 25.12. 25.12.
St. Stephen's Day 26.12. 26.12. 26.12.

Central European Time (UTC + 01:00)

Vehicle Town Area Country Area Highway Autobahn
Coaches 50 km/h 80 km/h 100 km/h 100 km/h
Motorcycles & cars with a maximum permissible overall weight of up to 3500 kg 50 km/h 100 km/h 100 km/h 130 km/h
Cars with a maximum permissible overall weight of up to 3500 kg with trailers 50 km/h 70 km/h 80 km/h 80 km/h

Using the Austrian highways and autobahn roads every car, motorbike and camper van needs a valid "Vignette" toll sticker visibly attached to the front window. You can purchase the toll sticker in some 6000 selling points spread all over the country and abroad. Important: if not attached appropriately to the front window, the Vignette is NOT valid! More detailed information at www.asfinag.at

Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road 2509 m – one of the Alps' most scenic pass roads.

Open approx. from early June to late October, daily 7.00 am - 8.00 pm

Ötztal Glacier Road - one of the highest glacier toll roads in the Eastern Alps, leading from Sölden to Rettenbach Glacier (2675 m) and Tiefenbach Glacier (2800 m) on a length of 15 km.

The Glacier Road is closed as soon as the winter ski area and the connecting glacier ski lifts are in operation (approx. from mid -November)!

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122: Fire brigade (emergency number)
133: Police (emergency number)
140: Alpine rescue service Tirol (emergency number)
144: Ambulance (emergency number)

Monday to Friday: 08:00 am -12:00 noon and 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm